Hamilton Village Business Updates

Rio Lacey, Staff Writer

Hamilton Eatery Reintroduces Select Hot Menu Items

After hiring a new temporary line cook, the Hamilton Eatery is excited to put their popular grilled sandwiches back on the menu. According to a Facebook post (@HamiltonEatery) from Jan. 16, these changes include the return of the Rueben, Philly, Italian Combo, Egg Sandwich, and Mac Daddy. However, co-owner Clay Skinner explained that the Eatery staff is still looking to expand. 

“We were able to hire a qualified line cook that was going to be in Hamilton, his hometown, while he was here for the winter months—he works on Cape Cod in the summer,” Skinner said. “We are still in search of folks that want to be part of our operation so that we can re-open for service on Sundays and evenings.” 

In light of the cold weather, Skinner emphasized that the Eatery is also offering a large selection of comforting soups. 

“When we renovated our prep kitchen a few years ago, we were able to add a kettle that allows us to produce our mac and cheese, pot pies and soups in large batches,” Skinner said. “Soups have so much ability to fluctuate with the time of the year and seasonality: Gazpacho when it’s hot and Steak Tip Chili when it’s cold.” 

In an effort to offer more options to the community, the restaurant’s staff has also developed an online order system for their website, hamiltoneatery.com. The Hamilton Eatery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 41 Lebanon St. for in-store, online and catering orders. 


Swank by Design Closed for Renovations

The lifestyle and home goods store Swank, located at 2 Broad St., is currently closed for renovations. Co-owner Erika Perez said that the six-week renovation process started in early January. 

“We have refreshed the shop down to the core with new flooring, paint, wall treatments, lighting and more,” Perez said. “Next up we tackled a new floor plan with reimagined displays designed to delight and inspire our guests.” 

According to Perez, Swank will undergo a complete makeover to represent the evolution of their interior design brand. This remodel includes a variety of new products. 

“Our reimagined candle bar is going to be epic, with all sorts of delightful hand-poured introductions in home fragrance,” Perez said. “We’ve also expanded our pillow and rug lines and added to our already robust home decor offerings.”

Perez noted other additions including pasta, truffle and beverage products from the NOSH Gourmet Food Emporium, as well as a new Men’s Shop with grooming products and gifts. 

Perez and her husband, Alexis, announced on their online platforms that the store will reopen in mid-late February with unchanged hours: Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Updates in the renovation process can be found on their Instagram, @SwankbyDesign. 


Retrospect of Hamilton Closed Due to Flooding

At the end of December, vintage shop Retrospect experienced flood damage that forced owners Sheila and Paul to temporarily close their business. Videos of the damage are featured on the store’s Instagram account, @RetrospectofHamilton, from Dec. 28. 

Co-owner Sheila Fitchette stated that they are waiting for the landlord to complete repairs at this point, with an estimated reopening in February. 

“A hot water line to a dishwasher on the third-floor burst,” Fitchette said. “Our landlord is the one who had to do the repairs to the physical building, so we just had to move everything out.” 

During this time, Fitchette said that the business is planning promotions for sales upon reopening, including their partnership with Adorn Vintage. 

“We will have some in-store specials, and I believe Adorn Vintage will do the same with some of the winter items,” Fitchette said. “Also, when we open, [Adorn Vintage] will likely have some of their spring collection in store.” 

Adorn Vintage, owned by Jessica Fitchette, is located inside Retrospect’s 20 Broad St. location. Both Retrospect and Adorn Vintage offer estate-sale services and vintage items, according to @Adorn_Vintage on Instagram. Both businesses see this temporary closing as an opportunity to transform the store. 

“Since all that happened, we figured it was the best time to reconfigure some things—a new floor, a new layout,” Fitchette said. 

Although their reopening date is still unknown, Retrospect and Adorn Vintage will be open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.